Patriot

In solidarity with the Indian republic which is a socialist and democratic republic as per our constitution! For secular pioneer Nehru and great visionary Ambedkar! For the socialist thinker EMS. And remembering my grandparents who were part of the freedom struggle! Unlike the new age Sanghis who should know that Sangha Parivar stood with the British and not with the Indian freedom struggle. I am a patriot and vouch for humanity. My patriotism is to make the corner I am in, wherever I am, a better place for myself and others around me. That is patriotism for me and not jingoistic nationalism where we think we are better off because we were born somewhere, that we should hate any because we were born in a particular place, because of border wars, because of nationalities, because of religious or ideological differences. Patriotism is more a philosophical concept. It is to embrace humanity. 
The poem below is my one of my favorites. Happy republic day.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, My Father, let my country awake.

Bengali(original text – Courtesy Wiki)

চিত্ত যেথা ভয়শূন্য, উচ্চ যেথা শির,


জ্ঞান যেথা মুক্ত, যেথা গৃহের প্রাচীর


আপন প্রাঙ্গণতলে দিবসশর্বরী


যেথা বাক্য হৃদয়ের উত্‍‌সমুখ হতে


বসুধারে রাখে নাই খণ্ড ক্ষুদ্র করি,


দেশে দেশে দিশে দিশে কর্মধারা ধায়


উচ্ছ্বসিয়া উঠে, যেথা নির্বারিত স্রোতে


অজস্র সহস্রবিধ চরিতার্থতায়,


পৌরুষেরে করে নি শতধা, নিত্য যেথা


যেথা তুচ্ছ আচারের মরুবালুরাশি


বিচারের স্রোতঃপথ ফেলে নাই গ্রাসি...


ভারতেরে সেই স্বর্গে করো জাগরিত॥


তুমি সর্ব কর্ম চিন্তা আনন্দের নেতা,


নিজ হস্তে নির্দয় আঘাত করি, পিতঃ;


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